The Denver Nuggets fell 112-106 in Overtime to the Timberwolves to end the 2017-18 season.
This is not going to be another Denver Nuggets eulogy.
We are not at a wake.
The worst thing that happened yesterday is that the Denver Nuggets lost a road game. They did it 25 other times this season. This one was little different. After 82 games and 60 minutes, the two teams battling for the final Western Conference playoff spot were still battling.
Minnesota finished a hair better than Denver. It’s a spot they had occupied all season, just ahead of the Nuggets.
In the end, the 82 games and 60 minutes didn’t lie.
The Nuggets and Timberwolves are a great matchup. They are evenly matched, they have stars at comparable positions. If this blooms into a full rivalry, as we’ve had with the Wolves in the past (Garnett, Cassell, Sprewell), it will be entertaining to watch for years to come.
Last night belonged to Jimmy Butler and the Wolves. The Nuggets were game and got gritty performances from Murray and Jokic. Millsap was adequate. Barton was peaks and valleys, pretty much what he always is. Chandler scored zero. Of the reserves, only Gary Harris and Mason Plumlee saw significant time, neither having much impact.
That’s it, how the game went, how the season went. Speculation on all the things that could have gone differently is fun but ultimately pointless.
Here’s some things I want to remember about this unique Denver season: